We offer you the chance to explore multiple aspects of ancient Greek and Roman archaeology, history and culture, from the archaic period through the classical era to late antiquity, including Greek and Latin literature and the archaeology and material culture of the ancient Mediterranean. You will learn in a culture of active research, with teaching and supervision from world-leading academics working at the cutting edge in their fields.
The Classical Civilisation at Birkbeck, University of London starts with a broadly chronological introduction to the classical world, from the archaic Mediterranean to the early Christian Roman Empire. You will explore politics and culture, religion, sex and sexuality, the writing of history, and the reception of classical culture in the modern world, particularly the meanings that have been attached to the classical past, which is a particular research strength in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology.
You will also have the opportunity to study Greek or Latin from beginners’ to advanced level, while a wide range of option modules allow you to explore and expand your interests more fully. You will receive training in research methods and techniques, which will give you the confidence and skills to research and write a dissertation on a subject of particular interest to you, with guidance and supervision from one of our academic experts.
- Arts and humanities at Birkbeck are ranked fifth best in London, 18th in the UK and 87th globally in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject.
- In the Research Excellence Framework (REF), History at Birkbeck was ranked sixth in the UK for the percentage of our research deemed world-leading or internationally excellent. Of our eligible staff, 94% submitted research, and we achieved 100% for a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research.
- Our Department is home to thriving student societies and a number of affiliated research centres that actively run seminars, conferences and other events where some of the world's best scholars present their latest research. These include the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, the Raphael Samuel History Centre and the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities.
- We are also at the heart of academic London with access to world-class research resources. We are five minutes' walk from the British Museum and the British Library, and the Institute of Historical Research - with its internationally renowned library collection and seminars that you can attend - is nearby. The Museum of London is a short tube ride away.
- The Eric Hobsbawm Postgraduate Scholarship fund offers a full fee-waiver for Home, EU and Overseas Master's students in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology (part-time awards are pro-rata).
- Birkbeck Library has an extensive history collection, including the major specialist journals, and access to online materials.
Careers and Employability
Graduates can pursue a career in museums or galleries, research and archiving, or education. Possible professions include heritage manager, higher education lecturer, museum/gallery curator, or newspaper journalist. This degree can also be useful in a variety of roles within the fields of education and local or national government, such as secondary school teacher or Civil Service fast streamer.
- Athens: Material Culture Approaches to the Classical City
- From temples to museums: post-classical encounters with classical antiquities
- Mapping the Middle Ages, from Ptolemy to Planoudes (c. 150-1500)
- Money and Empire c. 300-c. 800
- Rome in Britain: Receptions of Antiquity and the Grand Tour
- The City of Rome: Ancient to Medieval
- 12 months
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DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies History General Studies & Classics View 622 other Masters in History in United Kingdom
- A second-class honours degree in an arts subject. No previous knowledge of Greek or Latin is required.
- We will also normally consider social science and science graduates, and applicants with other qualifications.
- We offer a one-year Graduate Certificate in History, which can be used as a conversion course if you want to study at postgraduate level but have a degree in a significantly different discipline.
International16020 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 16020 GBP per year during 12 months.
National8820 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 8820 GBP per year during 12 months.
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